Merit Medical Systems (MMSI) Position Upped by First Mercantile Trust Co; Home Depot (HD) Market Value Rose While Vantage Investment Advisors Increased Holding

November 15, 2017 - By Migdalia James

Vantage Investment Advisors Llc increased its stake in Home Depot (HD) by 14.72% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc bought 4,264 shares as the company’s stock rose 9.30% with the market. The institutional investor held 33,229 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $5.10M, up from 28,965 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vantage Investment Advisors Llc who had been investing in Home Depot for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $198.11 billion market cap company. The stock declined 0.24% or $0.41 reaching $167.65 on the news. About 32,980 shares traded. Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) has risen 18.65% since November 15, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.95% the S&P500.

First Mercantile Trust Co increased its stake in Merit Medical Systems Inc (MMSI) by 254.81% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. First Mercantile Trust Co bought 11,153 shares as the company’s stock rose 18.76% with the market. The institutional investor held 15,530 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $592,000, up from 4,377 at the end of the previous reported quarter. First Mercantile Trust Co who had been investing in Merit Medical Systems Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $1.87 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 1.33% or $0.5 during the last trading session, reaching $37.2. About shares traded. Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) has risen 81.84% since November 15, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 65.14% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment is 1.49 in 2017 Q2. Its the same as in 2017Q1. It is the same, as 19 investors sold MMSI shares while 52 reduced holdings. only 38 funds opened positions while 68 raised stakes. 44.02 million shares or 2.45% more from 42.97 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Advsrs Asset Management holds 0% or 3,723 shares in its portfolio. Suntrust Banks invested in 0% or 7,847 shares. Ameriprise Inc stated it has 1.60 million shares. Bluecrest Cap Mgmt Limited stated it has 7,238 shares. State Street holds 0% or 1.34 million shares. Raymond James Financial Ser Advsrs reported 15,387 shares. Martin Company Incorporated Tn reported 0.63% in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI). Trexquant Invest LP reported 0.15% in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI). Architects Inc stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI). Citadel Advsrs Limited Liability Com reported 23,550 shares. Goldman Sachs Gp reported 0% stake. Ameritas Invest Partners Inc owns 4,272 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Metropolitan Life Insurance holds 0.01% or 33,719 shares in its portfolio. Century Ltd Liability Co has invested 0.54% of its portfolio in Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI). Comerica Comml Bank reported 53,960 shares.

More recent Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Merit Medical Systems: Buy On The Dip” on November 05, 2017. Also Seekingalpha.com published the news titled: “Merit Medical Systems’ (MMSI) CEO Fred Lampropoulos on Q3 2017 Results …” on October 26, 2017. Globenewswire.com‘s news article titled: “Merit Medical Reports Results for Third Quarter 2017” with publication date: October 25, 2017 was also an interesting one.

First Mercantile Trust Co, which manages about $553.66M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Sensient Technologies Corp (NYSE:SXT) by 5,835 shares to 11,291 shares, valued at $909,000 in 2017Q2, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) by 10,541 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 109,760 shares, and cut its stake in Masco Corp (NYSE:MAS).

Since May 19, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $551,315 activity. $576,799 worth of Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) was sold by STILLABOWER MICHAEL E.

Among 8 analysts covering Merit Medical (NASDAQ:MMSI), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Merit Medical had 14 analyst reports since October 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, October 26 by Canaccord Genuity. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity on Monday, September 4 with “Buy”. Barrington Research upgraded it to “Outperform” rating and $22 target in Monday, October 26 report. Canaccord Genuity maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, July 27 report. As per Tuesday, July 19, the company rating was initiated by Canaccord Genuity. The firm has “Buy” rating by Canaccord Genuity given on Monday, July 10. The stock of Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, July 20 by Bank of America. Craig Hallum maintained Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) on Thursday, July 27 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) earned “Outperform” rating by Raymond James on Monday, August 28. Barrington Research downgraded the shares of MMSI in report on Friday, October 23 to “Mkt Perform” rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.95 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.12, from 0.83 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 38 investors sold HD shares while 632 reduced holdings. 120 funds opened positions while 517 raised stakes. 822.13 million shares or 1.82% less from 837.36 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Pineno Levin Ford Asset Mngmt holds 2,737 shares or 0.2% of its portfolio. Eagle Capital Management Lc has 1.84% invested in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) for 20,163 shares. The Oklahoma-based Cap Advisors Ok has invested 0.17% in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD). Guardian Cap LP accumulated 6,715 shares or 0.15% of the stock. Legacy Private Tru Company invested in 10,717 shares or 0.21% of the stock. Inv Mngmt Of Virginia Ltd Liability Corporation has 9,847 shares. Texas Yale Cap Corp holds 1.51% of its portfolio in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) for 112,047 shares. Wasatch Advsr has 11,031 shares. Maple Capital Management accumulated 5,404 shares. Warren Averett Asset Management Lc reported 5,389 shares or 0.21% of all its holdings. Security State Bank Of So Dak reported 7,333 shares. Moreover, Boston Common Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Com has 1.04% invested in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) for 51,649 shares. Quantitative Systematic Strategies Ltd Liability Com invested in 0.76% or 19,718 shares. Palo Cap holds 11,840 shares. Umb Natl Bank N A Mo stated it has 219,875 shares.

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